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Sandboxie 3.76
Original author(s) Ronen Tzur[1]
Developer(s) Invincea
Initial release June 26, 2004; 12 years ago (2004-06-26)
Stable release


/ June 16, 2016; 2 months ago (2016-06-16)
Preview release


/ June 24, 2016; 2 months ago (2016-06-24)
Development status Active
Written in C++[citation needed]
Operating system Windows XP SP3 and later
Platform IA-32 and x64
Available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese (Brasil and Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Type Security software
License Shareware[3][4][5]

Sandboxie is a sandbox-based isolation program developed by Invincea (which acquired it from the original author Ronen Tzur[1][6][7]), for 32- and 64-bit Windows NT-based operating systems.[8][9][10] It creates a sandbox-like isolated operating environment in which applications can be run or installed without permanently modifying the local or mapped drive.[8][11] An isolated virtual environment allows controlled testing of untrusted programs and web surfing.[11][12][13]


  • Version 3.36 added partial 32-bit Windows 7 compatibility, for build 7000.
  • Version 3.38 adds additional Windows 7 support, for build 7100.
  • Version 3.40 adds full support for Windows 7, as well as security improvements and minor fixes.
  • Version 3.42 improves on Windows 7 support, adds new settings, and improves compatibility with 3rd party software.
  • Version 3.46 addresses over 100 issues, including improvements to Win 7 64-bit support.
  • Version 3.48 introduces a new activation process to Sandboxie, to combat the copyright infringement of Sandboxie registration codes. A Product Key replaces the previous registration code, and Sandboxie must now be activated every 180 days online or offline. Otherwise it falls back to the limited unregistered mode.
  • Version 3.50 adds additional compatibility settings, bug fixes, and improvements to the GUI.
  • Version 3.54 makes some necessary changes for SP1 on Win 7, as well as a recent Windows Update for XP.
  • Version 3.74 becomes the latest version, superseding the beta version 3.81.xx
  • Version 3.76 is a maintenance release which fixes a security problem.
  • Version 4.02 added full support for Windows 8,[14] and removed support for Windows 2000 and pre-SP3 Windows XP.
  • Version 4.04 offers full protection to 32- and 64-bit Windows, and removes support for Windows 2000 and pre-SP3 Windows XP. July 8, 2013
  • Version 4.06 adds initial support for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2003, and improved support for Windows 8.
  • Version 4.08 adds bugfixes and improvements.
  • Version 4.10 adds DEP and ASLR for all Sandboxie binaries, support for Windows 8.1 update KB2919355, and some bugfixes.
  • In December, 2013 Invincea announced the acquisition of Sandboxie.[1] The original developer Ronen Tzur further announced he will no longer be involved with the program.[6][7]
  • Version 4.12 (May 2014) moved the MS Visual C++ redistributable libraries into a separate download, fixed auto-updating, and some minor bugfixes.
  • Version 4.14 (Oct 2014) includes a number of bugfixes including issues that caused crashes with Chrome and Silverlight as well as some major memory leaks. It also plugged a non-security issue the DarkComet malware made visible.
  • Version 4.16 (Feb 2015) includes a major redesign of the hooking/injecting code, enables 65-bit ASLR, moves the MS Visual C++ libraries back into the installer (they were moved out in 4.12), fixed a security hole that allowed hard links to be created outside the sandbox, and some bugfixes.
  • Version 4.18 (May 2015)
  • Version 4.20 (June 2015)
  • Version 5.04 (Sept 2015) adds support for Windows 10.
  • Version 5.06 includes numerous bugfixes.
  • Version 5.08 includes support for Office 2013 in Windows 10, bug fixes and application startup improvements.
  • Version 5.10 includes bugfixes in Windows 10 and uses dual-signed (SHA1 and SHA256) certificates to eliminate IE 11 and Windows 10 certificate warnings.
  • Version 5.12 includes support for Chrome 52 and other stability improvements.

64-bit Windows[edit]

As of version 4.02, Sandboxie has full support for 64-bit versions of Windows[15] with the exception of Windows XP 64-bit which was never supported.[16]


Sandboxie is released under a proprietary End-User License Agreement (EULA). Home users may continue using Sandboxie for free, without paying to register it; however, two of its functions remain disabled: automatically running programs under Sandboxie, and the simultaneous use of multiple sandboxes.[3][13] After 30 days, Sandboxie starts with a registration nagware message that the user can dismiss after a 5-second delay.[8]


Sandboxie was included in Brothersoft's 2010 Editors Pick list.[17]

Gizmo's Freeware gave Sandboxie a rating of 9 out of 10 stars[18] and included it in their Editors' Choice List as the "Best Free Browser Protection Utility".[19]

Softonic has given Sandboxie a rating of 8 out of 10 with Elena Santos stating in her review that "Sandboxie is a handy tool to test untrustworthy software without putting your system in danger."[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Invincea's Expanding Global Community". 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-19. [W]e announced the acquisition of Sandboxie from an earlier transaction in 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sandboxie - Version Changes". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  3. ^ a b "FAQ Licensing". Sandboxie. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Sandboxie 3.60". PCAuthority. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Sandboxie 2.64". PCWorld. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  6. ^ a b "Goodbye from tzuk". 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-25. Today I depart from Sandboxie, as I announced a few weeks ago. 
  7. ^ a b "Questions About Invincea Acquiring Sandboxie?". 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-19. I am happy to pass the torch to the capable hands of Invincea...In about six weeks, I will depart from Sandboxie. 
  8. ^ a b c Olzak, Tom (December 15, 2008). "Use free sandboxing software to isolate risky behavior". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  9. ^ Kassner, Michael (January 20, 2009). "Minimize risk when downloading from the Internet". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  10. ^ Grimes, Roger A. (December 15, 2008). "Sandbox Security Versus the Evil Web". PCWorld. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  11. ^ a b Pash, Adams (May 7, 2007). "Featured Windows Download: Safely test new software with Sandboxie". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  12. ^ Martin. "Ghacks Christmas Giveaway: Sandboxie". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  13. ^ a b Horowitz, Michael. "How to Defend Against Drive-By Downloads - Business Center - PC World". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Sandboxie - Notes About 64-Bit Edition". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  16. ^ "Sandboxie - Quick Questions - Windows XP 64 Bit". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  17. ^ "Brothersoft Winners 2010: List of Editors Pick Windows Software - Brothersoft windows Topic". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Best Free Browser Protection Utility". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "The Editors' Choice List: Our Selection of the Best PC Freeware". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Sandboxie - Download". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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